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This Libguide is a guide to systematically searching for literature in Pubmed.
The tabs show you the successive steps.

What is PubMed?

Pubmed is a free search engine primarily accessing the Medline database of references and abstracts on life sciences and biomedical topics.
It has more than 27.3 million records going back to 1966. The United States National Library of Medicine (NLM) maintains the database.

Other biomedical sources

Embase is Pubmed's counterpart and therefore an important addition to your search strategy. Depending on the subject there is 1/3 overlap with Pubmed and they both offer 1/3 part of unique references.


Use the Cochrane Library for finding evidence based material. One of the assets, the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, is part of Pubmed.

Access to PubMed

Pubmed is a freely accessible database.

If you want to see if an article is available in the Zuyd Library : install the Library Access extension.
Or if you want to use the Zuyd Library filters?

Use this link to access Pubmed

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